How to get 14mnth old to sleep through the night??

Heather - posted on 09/28/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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How can I get my 14month old son to sleep right through the night?? He has never slept through the night, except for maybe 2wks, a few months ago. He usually goes to bed between 8pm and 10pm everynight, usually closer to 8pm...but he always wakes up at least once a night. When he goes to bed he will sleep about 6hours and then wake up, have his bottle, and then eventually go back to bed, and sleep for anywhere from 2-4hours more. He has his bottle before bed, and also when he wakes up in the night. Sometimes it can take up to 2 hours to get him back asleep and into his bed when he wakes up. Any suggestions on what to do?? I have let him do the "crying it out" method, but it doesnt phase him. He still screams and cries everynight, and anytime I try that. Please any ideas will be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!! :D

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Heather - posted on 09/29/2011

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When I let him cry it out, he screams and screams. If I go in there at all while he's still awake, he freaks and cries louder and more. He has his bath, a lil playtime, and then he drinks his bottle, n falls asleep. Its every single time I put him down in bed he wakes, so I leave him to cry. He has a music thing in his crib and a glowworm he'll turn on and eventually fall asleep.

Brianna - posted on 09/29/2011

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oh and also its helps to have a strong bedtime routine like bath, snack, story time, bed every time and try to stick to a bed time they recommend kids that age go to bed at 7 or 8pm

Brianna - posted on 09/29/2011

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the bottle is the problem.. it was the same problem with my daughter when she was that age. as soon as i stopped giving a bottle she started sleeping threw the night. the problem is that ur son doesnt no how to self sooth he uses and so he uses the bottle as a tool to put him to sleep. be prepared that u will need to let him cry it out when he wants the bottle at night and u dont give it to him. u can check on him 5 min into crying then 10 and then keeping adding 5 min everytime until hes asleep (be prepared that he may cry for over a hour this may take a few days of this before he gets used to it but it will be well worth it in the end for u and him) a great website to check out is sleepsense.net and a great book is "solve your childs sleep problems"

Tameka - posted on 09/29/2011

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I went through this. My daughter FINALLY started sleeping through the night at 17 months (now 21 months). Last year I was getting between 1-3 hours of sleep each night. That went on for the first 8 months then improved to 4-6 hours. At 16 months I had enough. I was so sleep deprived I had turned into a monster, lol!

I used to spend around 2 hours each night getting her to go to sleep then I would sleep in her room in a double bed so when she woke at night she could see me, be reassured then go back to sleep. I changed that to putting her in a single trundle bed (a bed with no legs that fits under an ordinary single bed). I would lie next to her until she fell asleep. As the weeks wore on I slowly moved myself away from her until I was sitting at the end of her bed. I then had to put her in her cot and her sister shared her room as we had visitors and needed the space. When the visitors left I kept the sleeping arrangement the same. I eventually move my eldest out as my youngest likes to wake the moment the sun does. At this point she was sleeping through the night but was still taking up to an hour to go to sleep. I soon made excuses ("Mummy needs to lock the doors" or "Mummy has to tidy up all the toys" etc) to leave the room. Eventually she stopped crying for me to return and was happy to be put to bed and stay there.

My biggest tip is CONSISTENCY. If you are going to do something do it EVERY single night. The only time you change it is if your son is sick or there is a change in circumstances (go on holidays, visitors etc). You have got to stick to a plan once you have made it. There is no quick fix. All those gimmicks that say will have your child sleeping through the night in 3 nights is a load of crap. I tried them and they ALL failed. You are teaching your son a new habbit so it will take a while to stop the old ones. Choose a way to get your son to sleep that you are both happy with and stick to it.

Also, little bodies need LOTS of sleep. Try putting your son to bed at 7pm each night. Your son will appreciate the extra sleep and you will love having that extra down time! At 14 months he needs to sleep 13-15 hours in a 24 hour period. Both my 5 year old and 21 month old go to bed at 7pm and I never hear a complaint from them. I love relaxing in front of the tv alone or jumping on the computer in peace. Oh, and I don't support cry it out methods either so I would never ask you to do that to your son.

Good luck! I really hope you find something that works for you.

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